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Hope, Healing and Resilience Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), in collaboration with Arts Ed NJ and the Art Educators of New Jersey, is pleased to invite New Jersey students to participate in the Hope, Healing and Resilience through the COVID-19 Pandemic Art Showcase & Installation Project. Students are encouraged to submit one original piece of two-dimensional (2-D) art that conveys positive messages of hope, healing, and resilience.    

Selected artwork will be displayed in a digital student art showcase in spring 2022. The NJDOE also looks forward to enlivening its offices and buildings with pieces exemplifying the hope, healing, and resilience of New Jersey students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Students are encouraged to submit their artwork that conveys positive messages of hope, resilience, and perseverance through visual art. In developing their artwork, students are asked to consider the following guiding questions: 

  • How have I developed greater hope, healing, or resilience because of the challenges I faced during the pandemic?  
  • How can I use my art to convey hope, healing, or resilience for the future as I move beyond the challenges I have faced? 
  • How can I use art to help convey my experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic? 

New Jersey students from preschool through 12th grade (ages three through 21) are eligible to submit an art piece. Artwork may be submitted by the students, guardians, or educators on their behalf. Artwork may be created in a variety of two-dimensional (2-D) media. Example media types include painting, drawing, photography, digital design, or other similar 2-D media that do not exceed one inch in depth.  No more than one (1) original piece of 2-D artwork may be submitted. 

The submission window will open on October 27, 2021 and submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis through March 31, 2022. Submitted artwork may have been created before this announcement, but not before March 2020.  

Selected artwork will be printed and displayed throughout the NJDOE buildings and may also be displayed on a digital platform later in the school year. Not all artwork will be selected. The rubric below will be considered when selecting the artwork. The selection process will also depend on the volume of applications received. If selected, students and/or the guardians or educators who submitted the artwork on their behalf will be notified.   

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